Folks from the Croatan were excited to participate in the following 2012 post-rondy action against fracking in the Marcellus at the Moshannan State Forest in Pennsylvania, organized by Marcellus Earth First! The lesson we’ve learned from this action is that different people whose bioregions who are being affected by this dangerous type of energy extraction can fight this together, and that our effectiveness is not stifled or bound by laws or state lines.
At it’s high point, this road blockade had over 100 people assisting it over a few mile stretch of road. Workers within the well pad were prevented from moving machinery in or out of the forest, and the well pad was shut off just an hour or so after the blockade was put in place. Workers were invited to leave the site although they declined to do so. During the twelve hour blockade the site was fairly easy to access and people from the outside rally were able to walk in and out to observe. A mother and newborn baby casually walked through the site and locals came by to give homemade pies to the occupiers. At some tense points workers got into their bulldozers and attempted to drive through the slash pile blockades. Multiple times folks linked arms in front of the bulldozers and put their bodies in the line to prevent them from passing, and to protect the lives of their friends in the tree sit. The blockade lasted 12 hours and resulted in very few arrests, and mostly just citations. For more information on the road blockade that stopped this well from fracking, read the story below reposted from the Earth First! Newswire. Continue reading
Last summer Catherine Ann MacDougal took to the trees to shut down a mountaintop removal coal mining operation in West Virginia. She lived in a tree for 30 days on the mine site, preventing Alpha Natural Resources from blasting the mountain. Today she was sentenced to 7 days in jail.
From the RAMPS campaign:
Today Catherine Ann went to Magistrate court in Beckley, WV and plead no contest to trespassing charges related to last summer’s tree sit. As a result she was required to report within an hour of the deal to Southern Regional jail where she is now serving seven days and she owes court costs of $160. The conspiracy charges related to the summer action were dropped. Before we left her at the jail, she was in good spirits as she enjoyed some tasty vegan treats and a few laughs with friends. She certainly could use your support over the next week, you can write to her at:
Catherine Ann MacDougal
Southern Regional Jail
1200 Airport Road
Beaver, WV 25813
She is also asking folks to consider donating to the legal fund if they would like to support her financially.
Before entering the jail Catherine Ann left us with the following statement:
I am prepared to go to jail today; when I decided to climb that oak tree, I knew that I could go to jail for much longer than this. I chose to plead no contest because I wanted to be sure that I could continue to organize during the next few months and because I am not willing or able to pay thousands of dollars to the courts for a trial. This experience has really opened my eyes to the glaring injustice embedded in the United States criminal justice system.
A “right” to a jury trial doesn’t mean much if we are intimidated into pleading guilty and penalized for taking a case to trial. The right to a jury trial doesn’t mean very much if we have to pay for every juror and face fees that are prohibitive for those of us who don’t have a lot of money. The right to a jury trial also doesn’t mean much if I know that I won’t be able to adequately present my own defense, and that the jury will be made to feel as if it has no other option than to convict me.
What is happening today is not a loss for the movement. I will be out of jail in seven days, and this experience has only strengthened my conviction to work to stop mountaintop removal. Thank you all so much for your support.
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Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and everyone, it seems, is “going green.” With widespread oil shortages due to peak oil looming within five years, and the startling effects of climate change becoming shockingly clear, environmentalism is more accepted and urgently needed than ever.
So why is the “number one domestic terrorism threat,” according to the FBI, the “eco-terrorism, animal rights movement”?
The environmental movement, like all social movements, has a wide-range of elements. There are people who leaflet and write letters. And there are underground groups, like the Earth Liberation Front, which have vandalized SUVs, burned ski resorts, and destroyed genetically-engineered crops. Even at their most extreme, none of these tactics have injured a single human being.
Nevertheless, they have been called “terrorism,” a label which has had extreme repercussions for those targeted. An environmental activist named Daniel McGowan was sentenced as a terrorist for his role in two ELF crimes, and for that he is now in a secretive prison facility called a Communications Management Unit, for “domestic terrorists.” The inmates and guards call it “Little Guantanamo.”
read the rest at greenisthenewred.com